Flash of genius? An exploratory analysis of "breakthrough" patents in italian pharmaceutical sector

Author/s Andrea Biagiotti, Natalia Faraoni
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/122
Language Italian Pages 13 P. 81-93 File size 276 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2011-122006
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The paper introduces the results of an exploratory research on a sample of European pharmaceutical patents. A patent is considered the output of a socioeconomic process oriented to innovation. After ranking the sample according to the patents’ respective innovative degree as judged by a panel of experts, the authors consider the main variables capable of influencing the scientific and technological content of the patent (at the individual, organizational, relational and geographical level). The comparison between the "breakthrough" patents and the less innovative ones allows the authors to highlight the relevant dimensions in the explanation of the innovative content of the patents’ sample.

Keywords: Patents, sociology of innovation, high-tech clusters, social construction of invention

Andrea Biagiotti, Natalia Faraoni, Brevetti provetti: un’analisi esplorativa dei brevetti "di rottura" italiani del settore farmaceutico in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 122/2011, pp 81-93, DOI: 10.3280/SL2011-122006